Whereas PipeWire has continued to achieve curiosity this yr for enhancing Linux sound in user-space, the kernel’s sound drivers have additionally continued to be improved and help for brand spanking new instruments continues to be labored on.
Linux 5.13 sound updates shipped on Friday and had been later merged into mainline. That is the introduction of a VirtIO sound driver for the following kernel model that complies with the brand new VirtIO sound system specification which is a part of this I/O virtualization commonplace. VirtIO Sound is meant for use-cases the place audio is required however system pass-through or emulation is just not obtainable or most popular.
Additionally noteworthy on the sound help entrance are the Realtek RT1019, RT1316, RT711 and RT715 all supported by Linux 5.13.
Sound Bridge additionally has updates to current help comparable to headphone and headset microphone quantity controls, which at the moment are wired to the Cirrus driver, proceed to work on the Intel Sound Open firmware, a generic Mute LED framework was launched, Pioneer and Roland/ Improved help instruments for BOSS USB audio, and extra.
See the total checklist of voice function adjustments for Linux 5.13 by way of this pull request.